Show Me Your Mussels

For my 20th birthday, I had a few friends over for a sophisticated party. Nothing too wild, the party was an afternoon affair. I had a few friends over for a light meal and opening presents. My mom made mussels, one of my all-time favorite meals.As my mom was cooking the mussels in the kitchen,... Continue Reading →

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The Spirit of Mr. Rogers

The other day, during indoor recess, I felt cold in my classroom, so I decided to put on a zip-up sweater. I happened to be standing over a table of students who were playing a card game of which I had never heard. Intrigued, but also cold, I put on my sweater while monitoring the... Continue Reading →

The Perfect Table, or How to Dine Out

I follow a few simple rules when dining out. First, only dine in places serving cuisine and dishes that I couldn’t make myself. Second, as my good friend puts it, if your meal is under three hours or courses, you’re doing it wrong. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, be the perfect table. When I worked... Continue Reading →

Oh You Fancy, Huh?!

"You know you're not in high finance considering secondhand underpants. Check your mind, how'd it get so bad? What happened to those other underpants you had?"- Flight of the Conchords, "Inner City Pressure" It's difficult to lead a life of luxury when living in the most expensive city in the country, especially when student loans... Continue Reading →

Here’s To the Ladies Who Lunch

"Here's to the ladies who lunch--everybody laugh. Lounging in their caftans and planning a brunch on their own behalf. Off to the gym, then to a fitting, claiming they're fat. And looking grim 'cause they've been sitting choosing a hat. Does anyone still wear a hat? I'll drink to that.”- "Ladies Who Lunch" from "Company."... Continue Reading →

Happy Blogiversary To Me!

Today marks my three-year blogiversary. Quite a milestone, if I may say so! I'd actually forgotten the exact date I took the plunge into the blogosphere until today when my WordPress account prompted to renew my expiring domain name (something I have to do annually). Three years ago today, I bought my own domain name and... Continue Reading →

Food Obsessions

While reading about culinary quests in yesterday’s New York Times Magazine issue on food, I started thinking about my own personal food obsessions. As a food lover and cook, there are many dishes, condiments, and meals that I continually obsess over. I am known to frequent restaurants that are way out of my way just... Continue Reading →

Cooking With Found Objects

When I was about four or five, I took an art class for kids at the local university called "Creating With Found Objects." The only requisite was that each kid brought in materials that they found around their house. I brought some poker chips, a stem from a fake plant, one of my brother's toy... Continue Reading →

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